Families launch petition against 200 homes in Crofton plan

Councillors Maureen Cummings and Albert Manifield are fighting proposals for a gypsy site on land between The Grove and The Balk in Walton

Councillors Maureen Cummings and Albert Manifield are fighting proposals for a gypsy site on land between The Grove and The Balk in Walton

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A PETITION has been launched against plans to build 200 homes in Crofton.

Residents claim the extra houses on fields between Oak Street, Santingley Lane and the railway line will put more pressure on schools, doctor surgeries and policing.

They have also raised concerns over traffic, flooding and the impact on green belt land.

Leaflets detailing rough plans for the homes have been sent to out ahead of developers submitting a planning application to Wakefield Council.

Coun Albert Manifield, who represents the Crofton ward with Maureen Cummings and Faith Heptinstall, said they backed objections.

He said: “I am 100 per cent supportive of the local residents’ views.

“I think it is something that is not acceptable in that part of Crofton and is not acceptable for the local people.

“Two hundred properties will generate a large number of children for the schools and put even more cars on the roads.

“They are doing a consultation before they submit a planning application to gather views from local people.”

He said around 180 homes were identified for the site in the last Local Development Framework to meet the need for Wakefield.

Karen Thompson said she would be handing in a 400-strong petition to ID Planning, which is leading the consultations on behalf of the developer.

A spokesman for ID Planning said the company did not wish to comment at this stage.

A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said its planning department was aware of consultations taking place, but a planning application had not yet been submitted.